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Gaëlle Fiasse

Associate Professor


B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Louvain-la-Neuve)

Field(s) of specialization

Ancient Philosophy, Relationship between Philosophy and Christianity, Contemporary European Philosophy, Paul Ricoeur. Specific Themes of Research:Friendship, Forgiveness (FQRSC), Fragility (SSHRC)


Gaëlle Fiasse is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Religious Studies and in the Department of Philosophy (Faculty of Arts).

She comes from Europe (Belgium). She received several degrees from the University of Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve): BA, Philosophy, 1995; BA, Classical Philology, 1998; MA, Philosophy, 1998; PhD, Philosophy, 2002 (summa cum laude).

She was hired by McGill University in 2003. See her interview in the McGill Reporter.

Thanks to her collaboration with various universities both in North America and in Europe, she benefits from many fruitful research opportunities.

She received the FQRSC's “Établissement de nouveaux chercheurs" grant, a three year individual grant for her project on Forgiveness entitled “Ethical analyses of the components of Forgiveness and their application to the theological and political spheres”. In 2008, she was awarded another three year grant, this time from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2008-2011), for her project on Fragility entitled “The many Faces of Fragility. Ethical, bio-ethical and political Challenges”.

She is also a member of the Research Ethics Board at McGill.


  • PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory 3 Credits
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  • PHIL 475 Topics in Contem European Phil 3 Credits
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  • RELG 373 Christian Ethics of Love 3 Credits
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  • RELG 470 Theological Ethics 3 Credits
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  • RELG 571    Religion and Medicine  3 Credits
  • RELG 602 Theory in Religious Ethics 3 Credits
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Research areas

Ancient Philosophy
Contemporary Continental Ethics
Theological Ethics (Christianity)

Interdisciplinary research

Philosophy, Religious Studies, Political Science, Bioethics

Research interests and current research projects

In terms of the history of philosophy and ethics, Prof. Fiasse is a specialist in Aristotle and Paul Ricœur. She is one of the Canadian correspondents in Canada for the Fonds Ricœur

Her major research, as well as her different publications and collaborations, concentrates on the interpersonal relationship as a core element in the foundation of morality. This particular approach to ethics focuses on the relationship with another person as playing a central role for the will and for the development of0 meanings and values. The themes that she examines are the question of friendship, otherness, justice, forgiveness, violence and fragility.

In parallel to her philosophical analysis, Prof Fiasse studies these themes in religious ethics. For the graduate seminar in religious ethics, she concentrates on the question of violence and non-violence in Islam and Christianity.

Her current works concern the question of forgiveness and the theme of fragility. As far as the latter project is concerned, Prof. Fiasse works in collaboration with Prof. Catherine Lu from McGill’s department of Political Science. The goal of this philosophical project is to analyze the theoretical and practical implications of “human" fragility. In addition to addressing the theoretical void in research pertaining to the concept of human fragility, they aim to contribute to two areas of practical concern: the moral fragility of victims and perpetrators in contexts of oppression and political violence; and the ethical issues that arise in the treatment of people in states of extreme vulnerability.


I have published two books, L'autre et l'amitié chez Aristote et Paul Ricœur. Analyses éthiques et ontologiques (Louvain: Peeters, 2006) and one collective book, Paul Ricœur. De l'homme faillible à l'homme capable (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2008) , that includes essays from some of the most recognized scholars in Ricœurian Studies, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics from Europe and North America.

Forthcoming publications

"Aiming at Friendship"in Ethics of Friendship in Muslim Cultures: Theory and Practice, ed. by J. Mahallati, Ilex Series, Columbia University Press.

Articles in refereed journals

“Revisiting Jankélévitch's Dichotomy: Between Excusing the Ignorant and Forgiving the Wicked,” 56/1 (2012), 3-15.

G. Fiasse, “Ricœur's Hermeneutics of the Self. On the In-Between of the Involuntary and the Voluntary, and Narrative Identity,” Philosophy Today, 58 (2014), 39-51.

“Forgiveness and the Refusal of Injustice,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008), 39-48.

“Paul Ricœur et le pardon comme au-delà de l’action,” Laval théologique et philosophique 63/2 (2007): 363-376.
Related Links: Laval théologique et philosophique

“Les fondements de la philanthropie dans le stoïcisme impérial, deux cas concrets: l’esclavage et la gladiature,” Les Études Philosophiques 4/2002: 527–547.

"Aristotles phronesis: A True Grasp of Ends as Well as Means?," The Review of Metaphysics 55 (2001): 323-337.

"La problématique de l'amour-éros dans le stoïcisme: confrontation de fragments, paradoxes et interprétations," Revue Philosophique de Louvain, 97 (1999): 459-482.
Related Links: Revue Philosophique de Louvain

Books and monographs

G. Fiasse, Paul Ricœur. Del hombre falible al hombre capaz, coord. Gaëlle Fiasse. Buenos Aires: Nueva vision, 2009.

G. Fiasse, Paul Ricœur. De l'homme faillible à l'homme capable, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France (Débats philosophiques), 2008.

Droit naturel. Relancer l'histoire?, directed by L-L Christians, F. Coppens, X. Dijon, P. Favraux, G. Fiasse, J.-M. Longneaux et M. Ruol, Brussels: Bruylant, 2008.

G. Fiasse, L'autre et l'amitié chez Aristote et Paul Ricoeur. Analyses éthiques et ontologiques, Louvain: Peeters, Éditions de l'Institut supérieur de Philosophie (Bibliothèque philosophique de Louvain, 69), 2006.
Related Links: Peeters: Louvain

Articles/chapters in books and monographs

G. Fiasse, “H. Jonas. L'impact du dix-septième siècle: la signification de la révolution scientifique et technologique.” In H. Jonas, Essais philosophiques. Du credo ancien à l'homme technologique, éd. par D. Bazin et O. Depré, Paris: Vrin, 2013, 75-117.

“L'amitié et la fragilité chez Aristote et Thomas d'Aquin,” in Jérusalem, Athènes et Rome. Liber amicorum X. Dijon, ed. by J. Fierens, Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2012, 109-129.

“Ricœur's Medical Ethics: the Encounter between the Physician and the Patient,” in Reconceiving :edicql Ethics, ed. by C. Cowley, New York: Continuum Press, 2012, 30-42.

“The Golden Rule and Forgiveness.” In A Passion for the Possible. Thinking with Paul Ricœur, ed. Brian Treanor and Henry Venema, Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy, New York: Fordham University Press, 2010, 77-89.

“La phronèsis dans l'éthique de Paul Ricœur.” In Le jugement pratique: Autour de la notion de phronèsis, eds. D. Lories et L. Rizzerio, Paris: J. Vrin (Bibliothèque d'histoire de la philosophie), 349-360, 2008.

“Aristote. Physique,” in Philosophie de la substance. Ousia dans la philosophie grecque des origines à Aristote. Travaux du Centre d'études aristotéliciennes de l'Université de Liège, ed. A. Motte et P. Somville, avec la collaboration de M.-A. Gavray, A. Lefka et D. Seron, Louvain: Peeters (Aristote. Traductions et études), 2008, 209-228.

“Asymétrie, gratuité et réciprocité.” In Paul Ricœur. De l'homme faillible à l'homme capable, ed. G. Fiasse, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France (Débats philosophiques), 119-156, 2008.

“Droit naturel, finalité, nature et esclavage chez Aristote.” In Droit naturel. Relancer l'histoire?, sous la dir. de L-L Christians, F. Coppens, X. Dijon, P. Favraux, G. Fiasse, J.-M. Longneaux et M. Ruol, Brussels: Bruylant, 133-154, 2008.

“Le tragique de l'action. Ricoeur et Antigone,” in: Le projet d'Antigone. Parcours vers la mort d'une fille d'Oedipe, ed. Louise Grenier, Montréal: Liber, 2005, 139-153.

"Aristote. Ethiques," in Philosophie de la forme. Eidos, Idea, Morphè dans la philosophie grecque, des origines à Aristote, ed. André Motte, Louvain: Peeters (Aristote. Traductions et études), 2004, 508-537.

"Paul Ricoeur, lecteur d'Aristote," in Éthique à Nicomaque VIII-IX, ed. Guy Samama, Paris: Ellipses, 2001, 185-189.


An encounter with “Charles L. Griswold, Forgiveness. A philosophical exploration. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007, 268 pages,” in PhaenEx. Journal of existential and phenomenological theory and culture 3/2: 2008, 195-208.
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Review of F. Turoldo, Verità del metodo. Indagini su Paul Ricoeur. Presentazione di Carmelo Vigna con un saggio inedito di Paul Ricoeur, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 101/3 (2003): 514-516.

Review of Radice, R. La "Metafisica" di Aristotele nel XX secolo. Bibliografia ragionata e sistematica. Con la collaborazione di Matteo Andolfo, Anna Aravantinou, Michel Bastit et al. Presentazione di Giovanni Reale, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 100/4 (2002): 851.

Review of Autrui. Introduction, choix de textes, commentaires, vade-mecum et bibliographie par Milred Szymkowiak, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 99/1 (2001): 168–169.

Review of Paul Ricoeur. Bibliographie primaire et secondaire. Primary and secondary bibliography 1935–2000. Compiled by F. D. Vansina, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 99/1 (2001): 151–153.

Review of A. Tornay, L’oubli du bien. La réponse de Lévinas. Préface de André de Muralt, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 98/3 (2000): 637–642.

Review of M. Schofield, The Stoic Idea of the City. With a new Foreword by M. Nussbaum, in Les Études Classiques 68/1 (2000): 101.

Review of Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s “Nico-machean Ethics”. Commentary on Aristotle’s “De Anima”. Commentary on Aristotle’s “Metaphysics”, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 98/3 (2000): 610–612.

Review of Diogène Laërce, Vies et doctrines des philosophes illustres. Introductions, traductions et notes de Jean-François Balaudé, Luc Brisson, Jacques Brunschwig, Tiziano Dorandi, Marie-Odile Goulet-Cazé, Richard Goulet et Michel Narcy, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 97 (1999): 336–338.

Review of P. Kemp, L’irremplaçable, une éthique de la technologie, in Revue Philosophique de Louvain 97 (1999): 391-393.


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